Additional Fire Restrictions at BLM’s Ft. Stanton-Snowy River Cave NCA Starting May 18

Due to extreme fire conditions, the following additional fire restrictions will take effect:

  • All campfires and use of charcoal are prohibited.
  • Smoking is limited to inside vehicles or buildings.
  • Use of chainsaws and other equipment powered by internal combustion engines is prohibited between 10am-9pm daily.

The full language of FIRE PREVENTION ORDER # NM0001-18-01-Amended follows:

Pursuant to 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §9212.2(a), the following acts are prohibited on all lands administered by the BLM Pecos District within Fort Stanton Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area and the Lincoln Tracts.

This order shall go into effect at 12:01 a.m., MDT, Friday May 18, 2018 and will remain in effect until rescinded.

Prohibited Acts:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove-exceptions: the use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, propane grills, or heating devices is allowed, provided such devices meet the underwriter’s specification for safety and has a turn-off valve.
  2. Smoking or use of smoking materials, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3. Using a welder, either arc or gas, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  4. Discharging, using, or possessing any combustible or explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation. This includes, but is not limited to, pyrotechnics and exploding targets.
  5. The use of any aerial luminaries, sky lanterns, wish lanterns, balloons, or other items that are smoldering or have open flame attached to it for propulsion.
  6. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine from 10:00 am to 9:00 p.m. MST. Equipment must have an approved spark arrestor that is properly installed and maintained.
  7. Discharging, using, or possessing fireworks.

Exempted: Any federal, state, local and/or military employee acting within the scope of their duties; members of any organized rescue or firefighting force performing official duty; and persons, agencies, municipalities or companies with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by an exempted activity.

Penalties: Pursuant to Title 43 CFR §9212.4, any violation of this order is subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months or both. Restitution for total costs of fire suppression or damage will be borne by the violator.

Information regarding these fire restrictions may be obtained by calling the Roswell Field Office at (575) 627-0272. Dated this 18th day of May, 2018, at Roswell, New Mexico.

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